Mark Voigt, August 2014

This is a small interview with west cost outdoor photographer Mark Voigt, who never shys away from adventure. If you don't believe me just take a look at his day job!   

Q1. what camera do you use most often?

A1. I shoot using a Canon Rebel T1i. It's pretty basic but looking to upgrade soon. With the more I'm going out.

Q2. what has been your most memorable moment in the outdoors?

A2. It's always going on new hike for the first time. Then seeing where that trail clears out or tops out and finally getting to that reward at the end to see that view point for the very first time. The particulate event that was so memorable was last August. I was finishing up the day with a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was about 10 or 15 minutes after sunset with some light clouds high over Mt. Rainier. But it just created the right amount of glow that lit up the clouds, sky and most important Mt. Rainier. When the image popped up on my camera screen and seeing the actual shot passed my camera just made everything so timeless. It's now a timeless reward that now I'll always have. That particular shot I took of Mount Rainier was featured with REI and my very first featured shot.

Q3. on top of taking amazing photos you are also a Hero, what has being a Firefighter taught you most about life and why?

A3. It's pretty much no bad days. But not to take things for granted because in a instance anything you do can change everything.  The biggest thing is to always challenge yourself because the only way to make yourself better is to keep pushing yourself. If you're not pushing yourself you'll plateau out. Which is advise you can use in any setting in life.

Q4. if you had to pick one place on earth, that you have been, to spend the rest of your life where would it be and why? 

A4. Man, that's  a tough question to ask. They're so many wonderful places to live on our planet just to name one place. But honestly I don't think I would leave the Pacific Northwest. We have so many great places with variety of Wonderful coastlines and perfect mountain ranges. I'm a pretty active person outside and the northwest always keep me pretty busy rain or shine.

Q5. what's one piece of advice that you would give to a beginner photographer? 

A5. One piece of advise I would give to a new photographer is to always use your imagination and don't always look at things straight on. Also I have to give you one more thing.  Before leaving to go anywhere make sure you have a memory card in your camera. Nothing is worst than driving hours or hiking miles to find out you have no memory card.

Mark thank you for taking the time to do this interview and to share your knowledge, but most of all thank you for doing what you do, day in, and day out to keep people safe. I know here at Gillette Outdoors, we can't wait to see where your next trail takes you! Be safe my friend. 

- William Gillette